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2005-10 Honda Accord, 2007-10 CR-V, 2005-08 Element: Recall Alert

2009 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan

2009 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan

Honda is voluntarily recalling approximately 1.5 million vehicles to update software controlling the automatic transmission.

Specific vehicles involved in the voluntary recall are certain models equipped with four-cylinder engines, including 2005-10 Honda Accords, 2007-10 CR-Vs, and 2005-08 Elements.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of affected units at 1,512,107. Affected vehicles were manufactured from July 1, 2004 through August 4, 2010.

Honda explains that in affected vehicles without the software update, the automatic transmission secondary shaft bearing could be damaged if the driver quickly shifts the transmission between each of the gear positions: Reverse, Neutral, and Drive. This could happen, for example, if the driver attempts to dislodge a vehicle stuck in snow or mud.

The possible consequence of damage to the bearing may be engine stall or driver difficulty putting the transmission into Park.

The automaker said that there have been no reported injuries or deaths related to this condition.

Honda will begin notifying affected customers on or about August 31, 2011, encouraging them to take their vehicle to an authorized Honda dealer for the automatic transmission control module software update. The update, which will be free of charge, will ease the transition between gears and reduce the possibility of damage. After August 31, Honda owners will also be able to find out if their vehicles need repair by going online to or calling Honda at 800-999-1009, selecting option 4. The Honda recall campaign number is R89.

Honda owners of Accords, CR-Vs or Elements from the affected model years with concerns or questions may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 and refer to NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11V395000.

[Honda, NHTSA]

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